I've been reading posts on here and thought I would write my own.
I'm 52 and went to my GP about 6 weeks ago having developed a sore patch on the side of my head. I also had some mild headaches so thought I'd get it checked out.
Dr said it was probably muscular even though I stressed that it certainly doesn't feel that way as it's in a particular spot and feels as if it's just under the scalp. I told my GP that I had also been feeling under the weather - tiredness and nausea for about a month as well.
I have psoriatic artritis so I also checked with my rheumatologist during my regular check up in December. She said it could not be GCA as I am too young. I had some MRI scans done on my neck and I'm waiting for the results of those.
A blood test showed my ESR was ok.
The sore patch on my head is getting bigger and I am feeling really shoddy ! I have intermittent headaches which are not like others I have had before. There is a soreness that occurs along my forehead and along the side of my head and I'm getting periods of dizziness. My eyes feel like they are straining to see.
I do get neck, hip and shoulder pain with my arthritis but it does feel worse at the moment.
I'm wondering if this may be early GCA which is slowly becoming worse and more symptomatic. I'm also concerned that my regular pain control meds are masking the pain ( I'm on Gabapentin 300mg 4 times a day)
If there is anyone out there who experienced similar symptoms when they first became ill with GCA / PMR I'd really like to hear from you.
As I'm sitting here I'm having intermittent pain in the side of my head which travels towards my forehead in a sort of "pulse". It's more of a soreness or burning than a pain. It's been going on all day !
Im going to have to back to the GP I think - but from experience I know they won't really listen. When I first started to get symptoms of Psoriatic arthritis they didn't take me seriously until I took them photos to prove that I was getting swollen hands in the morning so I'm gathering all the information I can before I go back !!!